Germs are Real and Washing Hands Does Help to Prevent Colds


Fact Check By: Craig Jones, Newswise

Truthfulness: False

Claim:

Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them, therefore they are not real.

Claim Publisher and Date: Fox & Friends on 2019-02-10

On Sunday morning's episode of Fox & Friends, Host Pete Hegseth said " I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years." He later on said "Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them, therefore they are not real."

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%.1

Dr. Paul Coletta, an internal medicine specialist at University Hospitals says, “The best way to reduce your chances of catching a cold is to keep your hands clean and limit contact with people who have a cold."2

1 https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/fast_facts.html#one

2 https://www.newswise.com/articles/view/688400/

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